10 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas For Your Home

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When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your home from across the street? Whether you are in the process of selling your home, or you've become dissatisfied with the appearance of your home's exterior, it's always a good time to add more curb appeal to your dwelling. Here are 10 easy ideas to help get you started:

1. Clear the Clutter

Start your curb appeal project by cleaning up any debris around the front of your home. It's amazing how such a simple task can make your home look that much more appealing from the street. Make sure your porch, driveway, front yard and front curb are free of any unnecessary clutter. If you keep your garbage cans in an area that's visible from the street, consider moving them to the backyard or behind a fence where they can't be seen.  Also, make sure your walkways are clear and visible from the street.

2. Refresh the Mailbox

A decrepit old mail box with faded paint resting on top of a crooked post is an unsightly artifact sitting in front of your home. Kick up your curb appeal by either replacing the mailbox, or giving it a new post and paint job to make it look new. A mailbox is a great way to add another accent to your home.

3. Replace the House Numbers

Whether you have your house numbers painted or stuck onto your home, make sure that they are clearly visible...and that they're all there! Missing digits will not only confuse people who are trying to locate your home from the street, they also make your home seem that much shabbier. Wipe down or replace old numbers, or paint new ones in. Small details like this one can have a huge impact on your home's curb appeal.

4. Clean the Exterior of Your Home

Painting your home to give it more curb appeal may not be such an easy task, but giving it a good once over with a pressure washer is. A clean exterior is almost as good as a newly painted exterior, and can be done in half the time. A good pressure wash is effective for removing dirt, mold and mildew from your home's siding.

5. Check Your Gutters

Make sure your gutters are clean and clear of any leaves or debris. If you decided to pressure wash your home, you can use the pressure washer to help clean your gutters. Keep an eye out for any gutter rails or downspouts that are crooked or dangling. Make sure your gutters are properly installed and tighten or reattach any rails that have loosened or become undone.

6. Wash Your Windows

Bird droppings, smudge marks, hand prints and any other form of dirt on your windows can be a major detractor from your home's curb appeal. Windows are meant to be seen through, so make sure yours are immaculate by properly washing them. No, using the pressure over your windows does not count as a proper wash and could, in fact, damage your windows.

7. Paint the Accents

If you don't have the time or money to paint your entire house, consider repainting accents like windowsills, columns, lamps and the front door. This can add a lot of curb appeal by making it appear like you've repainted the entire home when paired with a good pressure wash for your exterior. Using an accent color for these areas can also give a new look and feel for your home's exterior.

8. Give Your Exterior More Symmetry

If there is a planter sitting on the left side of your front door, considering adding a matching planter on the right side. Do the same for your walkways or front steps. Adding more symmetry to your home will make it more pleasing to the eye. It gives those who see it in passing a sense of order, and is very welcoming.

9. Add More Décor and Color

Start adding more décor and color to your home if you want to increase its curb appeal. A new bed of flowers in front of your newly decorated porch will make your home appear more lively and vibrant. Planters adorning your front door, lining your front steps or walkways, or hanging from your front porch will also add more color and curb appeal to your home. Just don't get too carried away. You want to add more color, but you don't want to make it appear like a rainbow blew up over your home.

10. Maintain Your Landscaping

A home with a front yard that looks like a jungle is not very appealing. Make sure you maintain your lawn and keep it nice and trim. Pull any weeds from your garden and make sure all of your plants are alive and well. Dead plants that have lost their lustrous green color for a dead brown color can literally kill your home's curb appeal.

If you aren't in the mood for any major landscaping or construction projects to increase your home's curb appeal, try these ideas on for size. This will surely help garner the attention of your friends, neighbors and any possible home buyers.

Last Updated: July 22, 2011
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About Matthew Cenzon Matthew Cenzon has been writing for numerous publications since 2003, covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to the real estate industry. He is one of the contributing writers for IdealHomeGarden.com, and is a college graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with degrees in English and Asian literature. Matthew’s interest in interior design and home improvement stem from his background working in the residential real estate appraisal business for over five years, where he witnessed many of the Do's and Don'ts of home decor.

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